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This unit explains the differences between the classical Christian position in comparison with alternatives (for example, the Hellenic concept of God of Plato and Aristotle). It then examines classical proofs for the existence of God in the history of western philosophy and considers various classical divine attributes, and our use of language to describe God. It also discusses various problems or issues in relation to the classical Christian conception of God, for example, the problem of evil, or the problem of divine foreknowledge.

Unit Code: AP9210C

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Philosophy

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes

1.

Critically explain and appraise a range of proofs of God’s existence

2.

Elaborate and appraise the critiques of arguments for the existence of God made, for example, in the medieval and the early modern periods

3.

Critically characterise and appraise important accounts of certain divine attributes; for example, the accounts of God’s omniscience, freedom, eternity or simplicity

4.

Critically assess and critique at least one problem for classical Christian theism; for example, the problem of evil, or the problem of divine foreknowledge, etc

5.

Develop a topic of research in a critical, rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner, in accord with the methodologies and conventions of research in philosophy of religion/philosophical theology

Unit sequence

One foundational unit of philosophy

Pedagogy

Lectures, seminars, tutorials

Assessments

Description Weight (%)

Option 1: 6,000-word essay 90% week 16 1,000-word skeleton argument 10% week 13

OR Option 2 or 3

100.0

Option 3: 4,000-word essay 50%
1,000-word skeleton argument 10% 2,000-word essay 40% For each essay: one of weeks 12, 13, 14, 15 or 16, as set by lecturer at semester start and published in unit outline; skeleton argument: week 13;

OR Option 1 or 2

100.0

Option 2: 4,000-word essay 50% 1,000-word skeleton argument 10% 2-hour written examination (2,000 words) 40% Essay: week 14, 15 or 16, as set by lecturer at semester start and published in unit outline; skeleton argument: week 13; Exam: week 16

OR Option 1 or 3

100.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 20 Jul, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-03 15:15:51 +1000